IWAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD HELP ME I WILL BE AT THE SUNSET BEACH THIS WEEKEND THROUGH tuesday I have 2 young kids 10 and 5 and would like any help you guys could give on bait whats biting and so on
Thanks in Advance
Stop at B&T shop, get some hi/low rigs for weakies and use bloodworms, 1 blood should be good enough for 4 hooks, you don't need a whole one, 1 to 3 oz weight should be fine, I usually always preach about sattelite weights in the surf but over there you don't need them, plus you would rather have your bait moving around slowly for the weakies and flounder, unlike stripers where it can be anchored with a 4oz sputnick and they'll hit it. Also cast no more than 50-60feet THEY ARE IN CLOSE. You should be able to pick up some weakies on the bloods from the top of the outgoing into a couple hours out. You will most likely get some kingfish and croakers on the worms also. The reason I say bottom fish is because the herring are everywhere and if you float em you'll keep wasting your worms, but you can snag a few for some fresh or live bait.
While your rod is in the spike with the bait, use a light tackle rod and cast a 1/8 or 1/4oz leadhead with a berkley gulp shrimp in penny color, you have a good shot of picking up weakies flounder, striper, small blues, croaker, and definitely herring on the gulps. Reel in very slow and work it off the bottom. There have been weakies and croaker caught by many the past week with an occasional flounder and striper in the mix from that beach.
The key is to remember that the weakies are in close to the beach and mostly everyone who slings bait over there cast right over them.
The advice above is what I know works for sure, from my experience and from those I know who have fished that area. Stripers are still around and you could throw clams, but its a longshot, and you'll be reeling more skates and sharks then the other ways. You can also try other light bucktails and jigs, no doubt about it, there are weakies there, but most are throwbacks, same with the flunder, but if you like kingfish, you may luck out.
Good luck, the weather is supposed to be clear and sunny Sat and Sunday so I hope you and your family have a great time....djcoast
KM102, If I was going to LBI I would use a totally different approach, just last weekend Gilly caught two huge bluefish and a 43" striper on fresh bunker. As of last I heard the bunker were still around, so I would use that and throw plugs that match the hatch. The advice I gave is for a spot that is never really lucky enough for bunker to come close, there are no sandbars and sloghs, just one flat beach with a deep dropoff after about 15 feet, very little rip current or big waves, usually very calm, where you could throw a 1/8" bucktail on a light rod, its a whole different beach with a whole differen approach. Sunset beach is not really known for stripers so I rarely fish it, I like being more over on the ocean side myself. I'm always chasing the stripers and don't fish for weakies and flounder much.
Floorman I haven't heard of the minnos yet, I just can't stop hearing about the shrimp though, I see guys tearing it up on them, the other day I turned on the tv and there was a fishing tounement for redfish and all they werte using were the shrimp, of course Gulp sponsed it, but they were working well. Maybe Gulp should send me a check, after Shimano sends Red Cherokee a check... .........
Just to clarify things I cought my fish last weekend at Surf City LBI not IBSP. They were all cought on bunker I am through with clams unless that is all I can get. It took 3 months to get he dang smell outa the Explorer from the NJ Anglers tourny.